The Most Beautiful Countries In The World

By Lisa Medeiros on March 9 2020 in Travel

Iceland, Photo by Trevor Cole on Unsplash
Iceland, Photo by Trevor Cole on Unsplash
  • Switzerland has no official capital
  • Brazil is the largest country in South America
  • France is the largest country in the EU

With so many countries in the world exhibiting landscapes and coastlines that could take your breath away, it’s difficult to name only twenty. Take a look at these countries topping the list, then grab your passport and start creating unforgettable travel memories. 

20. New Zealand

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New Zealand boasts some of the most majestic landscapes and breathtaking mountain views found in the world. Whether interested in an outdoor adventure or a laid back get-away, New Zealand offers it all. Visitors can relish in some of the most beautiful natural scenery in a country compact enough to experience the entire country in a single visit.

19. Austria

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This landlocked country is known for castles deeply seeped in history, detailed architecture, and world-class skiing. Its capital city, Vienna, is one of Europe’s most preserved cities. Visitors can stroll the cobblestone street and tour the city’s famous museums. It's no wonder it’s considered one of the wealthiest nations in the world. 

18. Scotland

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The Scottish Highlands are home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. There are plenty of historic castles and unspoiled landscapes to explore. The busy metropolises of Edinburgh and Glasgow offer world-class shopping and fine dining along with bagpipe performers and plenty of whiskey to go around. 

17. Australia

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Head down under to experience one of the most diverse counties in terms of culture and landscape. From the rocky coastal cliffs and turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef to the barren red sand of the Outback, Australia exudes beauty from coast to coast.

16. Iceland

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This volcanic island is the most sparsely populated country in the world. Its untouched landscape allows visitors a pristine setting to experience nature. Known for its waterfalls, fjord views, hot springs, and active volcanos, Iceland also affords unique travel experience like the midnight sun and maybe even the Northern lights if conditions cooperate. 

15. Croatia

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Croatia is a true Mediterranean paradise and much more than a beach destination. Croatia offers awe-inspiring views of the Adriatic, ancient architecture, historic walled cities, and plenty of parks and lakes to traverse. 

14. India

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India is a country with an eclectic mix of climates, cultures, and people. The beauty of India is found on the beaches of the Indian Ocean, by exploring its natural parks and taking in mountain views of the Himalayas. 

13. Canada

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Canada is known for the majestic Canadian Rockies and bustle cities. There are plenty of lake regions and national parks for outdoor enthusiasts to experience as well as world-renowned skiing. 

12. England

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England is known for castles deeply rooted in history, iconic thatched-roofed homes, a peaceful lake district, and stunning White Cliffs of Dover. The country maintains a balance between the tranquil countryside and the bustle of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Visit the seaside villages of Devon and Cornwall, known as a chilly but challenging local surfing destination. 

11. Switzerland

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Nestled between Austria, Germany, Italy, and France, Switzerland continues to be a top tourist destination each year. With magical views of the peaks of the Swiss Alps and tranquil lake views, Switzerland has some of the most picturesque locations around. 

10. Belgium

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Belgium is known for chocolate, waffles, and beer, but those aren’t the only reason visitors flock to Belgium. Brugge is one of the few cities left undamaged by the war. Its cobblestone streets, storybook-like dwellings, and peaceful canals leave travelers feeling like they’ve stepped back in time. The rich historic architecture of Ghent paired with the excitement its capital city, Brussels, keeps visitors coming back for more. 

9. Portugal

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From its lush, green mountain in the North to the barren, almost desert-like area of Alentejo Region to one of Europe’s most sought after beach destinations in the Algarve, Portugal offers a diverse travel experience with beauty abounds. 

8. America

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The vastness of the US offers travelers an eclectic display of eye-popping destinations. A road trip across America will take you from the breathtaking rocky coast of Maine to the palm trees of Florida and from the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain Views to the golden beaches of the California coast. Every region of America puts its own spin on beauty, and none of it will disappoint. 

7. France

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The beauty of France spans from border to border. Northern France offers cliffs and sand dunes, while the South of France boasts the culture of French Riviera. It’s no wonder France is the #1 Most Visited Country in the world. From French cities rich in cultural experiences and iconic attractions to fields of lavender in Provence, visitors to France will never tire of its splendor. 

6. Spain

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Since Spain is located in southern Europe, bordered by Portugal and France is no wonder it’s listed among the most beautiful countries in the world. From the sun-swept beaches of the South and exciting cities like Madrid and Barcelona to the party scene of Ibiza, there’s plenty to see and do while taking in the radiance of France. 

5. Brazil

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Brazil is the largest city in South America, known best for its iconic Christ the Redeemer perched at the summit of Mount Corcovado. Brazil is home to white sandy beaches, exciting nightlife and 2 million square miles of rainforest.

4. South Africa

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Travelers flock to South Africa for its Safari Parks offering visitors a chance to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat. The landscape lends itself to plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and white water rafting. Take a wine tour and sample some of the best local vineyards the region has to offer. 

3. Thailand

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With cultural temples, the spirited nightlife of Bangkok, and floating markets, it’s no wonder Thailand is South East Asia’s top tourist destination. It’s known as the “Island of Smiles” and one of the most beautiful countries to explore. Phuket is a top beach destination for visitors to the country and home to the often-photographed James Bond Island. 

2. Greece

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Greece is known for its sought after beaches, rich cuisine, and colorful sunsets. The country is made up of mainland Greece and over 6,000 islands - many of which are uninhabited. The most popular islands for tourists are Santorini, easily recognizable by it’s white and blue cliff-side dwellings, and Mykonos, known for its lively nightlife and beach activities. 

1. Italy

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Located in southern Europe, Italy is easily recognized on a map by its boot-shaped border. Italy is known for its vibrant cities, rich history, and top attractions as well its stunning Mediterranean coastline and delectable delicacies. 

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